[svlug] Small Cisco Linux Box

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Thu Apr 3 17:39:54 PST 2008

Mark Weisler wrote:
> On Thursday 03 April 2008 06:40:47 am Daniel Gimpelevich wrote:
>> On Tue, 01 Apr 2008 20:51:44 -0800, Marco Walther wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 01 April 2008 16:36, Eisenberg, J. David wrote:
>>>> There's a group in southern california that specializes in very small
>>>> linux boxes; at SCALE they had one from Cisco (I think) that costs a
>>>> fairly small amount, and is very compact. Does anyone have any info
>>>> about that, or the group's web site?
>>> Do you mean the Cisco/Linksys WRT54GL ?
>>> http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%
>>> 2FLayout&cid=1133202177241&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&lid=
>>> 7724139789B06
>>> It can be flashed with different Linux based systems;-)
>>> http://openwrt.org/ for one and there are others;-)
>>> I'm running Ubuntu on an appleTV, it fits the `small' (form factor) but
>>> it's not as cheap;-) But that's already almost a PC;-)
>> The SCALE booth Marco is thinking of were these guys:
>> http://www.nslu2-linux.org/
>> I did not see Marco at SCALE, so I'm guessing he was not aware of the
>> multitude of hardware vendors exhibiting things which may or may not fit
>> the description you provided, minus the Cisco label. I don't recall
>> anything specifically labeled "Cisco" there fitting that description as
>> opposed to "Linksys," but the above-mentioned booth, in addition to the
>> NetBSD booth (which was displaying a Soekris board, which fits your
>> description better), were the most obvious examples. There was also the
>> following booth, which displayed no such thing, but announced that
>> something similar (in form factor) may be forthcoming:
>> http://www.zareason.com/
>> Your initial post was not clear on your intended use of such a system, so
>> we're all just guessing how best to answer your question, BTW.
> Daniel mentioned the Soekris boards, one of my favorites.
> http://soekris.com/
> And a good place to shop for them and other smaller computers and wireless 
> gear is...
> http://metrix.net/
I would definitely second the recommendation for Soekris boards. They 
are well built and are actively used for a variety of applications in 
the industry.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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